The Sindh Human Rights Commission held an Orientation Session on Understanding Pakistan’s International Commitments W.R.T. GSP+ and other countering Violence Extremism laws/policies from Human Rights Perspective for the Police, Women Development, Social Welfare and Information Department officials on 12th March 2022 @ District Sukkur.
Justice (R) Majida Razvi, Chairperson, SHRC gave the opening remarks in the training session.
Ms. Qulsoom Akhtar Chandio, MPA/Member SHRC, Ms. Farhat Seemen, MPA/Member SHRC and Ms. Pushpa Kumari, Member SHRC also attended the training session session.
Mr. Mohsin Abbas Syed (Trainer/Legal Expert) gave presentations on the said topics. Brainstorming sessions, discussions were held and state policies for GSP+ compliance were all discussed.
Extremism and violent extremism are some of the major concerns of Pakistan which are not just adversely affecting peaceful co-existence, law and order situation and scientific &economic development of Pakistan but also one of the core reasons for diplomatic crisis in Pakistan W.R.T non-compliance with International Covenants/Treaties and other Commitments. When we talk of international commitments of Pakistan, GSP+ status is placed on a significant position with respect to Pakistan’s Commitments in the subject matter of Human Rights.
If we look at the issue of violent extremism through our domestic lens, it appears that since 1979, violent extremism has grown in Pakistan to an enormous proportion but since 2001 it has deteriorated to a limit which is consequently threatening our multi-cultural social fabric and peaceful co-existence of our country and society and posing abysmal caricature of the state of Human Rights in our country particularly Sindh Province.
In the end of the training session, a group activity was carried out.
This orientation session is part of a series that will be on 2nd day @ District Sukkur on 13th March, 2022 for the benefit of Government personnel.